Disney ship departs from river as it starts next chapter of its fairytale tour

Disney Magic leaves the Tyne bound for Scotland.
Disney Magic leaves the Tyne bound for Scotland.
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It's a ship Captain Hook would be envious of - the Disney cruise liner has wowed spectators as the majestic boat visited the North East.

As part of Disney Cruise Lines’ 12-night British Isles cruise, the 294m long Disney Magic visited the Port of Tyne today.

Although the ship was not open for visitors it was possible to catch a glimpse of the Disney Magic at popular viewing points on the river.

Nolan Gray, Port of Tyne Business Development Director, said: "Disney Magic had a fantastic welcome into the Tyne at sunrise this morning and many of the 2,000 plus passengers are spending the day at some of the North East's great venues and attractions such as Alnwick Garden and Durham Cathedral, or nearby in Newcastle city centre and Tynemouth village.

"It has been a smooth operation with our pilot Russell Carnelley supporting the ship's captain at the helm as it sailed into the mouth of the Tyne and our quayside crews safely berthing the ship.

Disney Magic sailing out of the Tyne.

Disney Magic sailing out of the Tyne.

"We were delighted to welcome the passengers and crew and look forward to their next visit. "

The ship left at around 5pm today, with Scotland next on its itinerary.

It arrived at around 5.30am.

The port of Tyne is due to host a record 40 cruises this summer with 50 already booked for 2017.

Well wishers look on from the Groyne in South Shields as Disney Magic departs the North East.

Well wishers look on from the Groyne in South Shields as Disney Magic departs the North East.

Hundreds turned out to line the south side of the Tyne to see the ship.

Hundreds turned out to line the south side of the Tyne to see the ship.

A crowd watched on from the pier at South Shields as the boat left.

A crowd watched on from the pier at South Shields as the boat left.

Spectators outside the Customs House in South Shields get a peek of the ship.

Spectators outside the Customs House in South Shields get a peek of the ship.